The Best Gluten-Free Brownies

My day was pretty good thanks to an afternoon baking session – I baked the best gluten-free brownies EVER! Not even kidding. Actually, they are pretty much the best brownies ever, gluten-free or not. I’m so excited to share the recipe with you and hope you love them as much as I do!

Other than baking, I got lots done today like a drug test for work, called to make sure my cert is good to go and had a conference call. I also LOVED reading your comments on this morning’s Focus On: Tracy Anderson Method post and I want to take a moment to respond (keep scrolling down for the brownie recipe to skip this).

My Response to Your Comments

Since there was a lot of back and forth (which was civil and polite – you guys are awesome), I thought I’d throw in my two pesos:

1) I haven’t tried any of her workouts, so can’t give an educated opinion of them. From what I’ve seen, they’re super low weight and high rep (similar to Physique 57, which I can’t rave enough about), and the dance moves are a little funky, but still look like fun.The main thing I think she’s accomplishing are burn out and muscle confusion, which both promote results. Quite a few of ya said that Tracy has claimed “no woman should lift more than 3 lb weights” and preached that “heavy weights make you bulky.” As we all know, this isn’t true, and many people see fantastic results from lifting heavy weights.

Weight lifting is also critical for bone health, and it’s also been said that Gwyneth Paltrow is facing early onset osteopenia, which some believe is due to a combo of extreme dieting and not enough weights. Tracy is capitalizing on the myth that women will get bulky by lifting heavy weights, and by doing so, she’s appealing to many gym-goers who may not have the fitness education and background that many of us have.

As with anything *new*, chances are that you’ll see results from it. You’re taking your body out of it’s cruise control and as I always say, change creates change. I don’t see any prob with trying this or any new fitness program as long as you check with your doc and practice safely. I also believe that high-rep low-weight can definitely shape an awesome physique (just look at barre!) and would certainly give this program a try (minus the diet plan!!)

Remember, different strokes for different folks. My personal fave: moderate weight and moderate rep. Switching things up is the key to success.

2) As far as the “diet plan” goes, it’s just that: a diet. It’s NOT a lifestyle, and doesn’t provide the nutrients and fuel for laying in bed all day, let alone working out as she suggests. I think it’s wise to separate her workout plan from her diet plan and see them as two different entities – one that I personally support (but may not float everyone’s boat) and one that I think is a load of trash (her diet).

As always, I really enjoyed your discussion this morning. <3

Now, let’s talk brownies…

Best Gluten-Free Brownies

When my little brother started taking his gluten-free class, I was scary excited. Like I said, Monday night I was waiting for him to get home (like a total creeper) so I could have first dibs on his latest baked creation. Last week, he made the best brownies I’ve EVER tasted. When I asked him for the recipe, I tried to throw it in casually, because like a typical chef, he’s sometimes stingy with his recipes. 😉

I was SO stoked when he tossed a paper at me with the recipe for these brownies AND a flourless chocolate cake recipe. It was my lucky day, for sure.

And maybe it will be yours too??

the best gluten-free brownies 

Here’s the brownie recipe:


Best Gluten-Free Brownies



  • 2/3 C brown rice flour mix (see below) OR 1/6 tapioca flour + 1/6 potato starch + 1/3 brown rice flour
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t xanthan gum
  • 2 oz. unsweetened chocolate
  • 4 oz semisweet chocolate
  • 1/2 C unsalted butter (or vegan butter)
  • 1 1/4 C granulated sugar
  • 2 t pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs (can also use flax eggs)
  • 3/4 C chopped toasted walnuts (optional)


  1. Pre-heat oven to 325. Position rack in lower-middle of oven.
  2. Line a 8 in square baking pan with foil and grease with cooking spray.
  3. Combine flour, salt, baking powder and xanthan gum in a small bowl and set aside.
  4. Melt chocolate and butter in a double boiler (or melt in the microwave for about 45 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds).
  5. Whisk in sugar, vanilla and eggs, one at a time. Continue to whisk until mixture is smooth and glossy.
  6. Add flour mixture and whisk until incorporated.
  7. Stir in nuts (if you wish to add them).
  8. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with wet crumbs.
  9. Cool in pan on rack for 5 minutes.
  10. Remove brownies from pan by lifting up foil and cool completely on rack.
  11. Cut into squares or triangles.

The quality of the chocolate makes the difference, so I picked these adorable Tcho baking critters. They’re almost too cute to melt!

Tcho baking critters

Check out this cute little hedgehog:

After melting the chocolate in the microwave (for about 45 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds), I whisked in the sugar, butter, egg and vanilla until thoroughly combined and shiny.

Then I added the flour mix. I like to keep a gluten-free flour mix on hand (recipe below), but you could also wing it on the spot. I filled a 1/3 measuring cup halfway with potato starch and halfway with tapioca flour, then filled another 1/3 measuring cup with with brown rice flour.

gluten-free baking

Whisked it all together

gluten-free brownie mix

Then poured the batter into a greased baking dish.

gluten-free homemade brownies

There’s a trick you can try that will save you cleanup and help you cut your brownies better: Line the baking dish with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. When they’re done and have cooled for a bit, you pull the whole thing out – aluminum foil and all – let it cool, then cut it up.

Either way, you’ll have delicious, fudgy gluten-free brownies.

the best gluten-free brownies

fudge gluten-free brownies

These gluten-free brownies are especially delicious with a scoop of coconut milk ice cream on top. 😉

the best gluten-free brownie with coconut milk ice cream

Your family might just go so nuts over these that there will be very little left to enjoy the next day. 🙂

Fudgy and delicious, these are the best gluten-free brownies ever! You'll never need another brownie recipe in your life after you try these! #glutenfreebrownies #glutenfreedessert #bestbrownierecipe #brownierecipe

Gluten-Free Brown Rice Flour Mix

Now here’s that gluten-free flour mix I promised you.


Gluten-Free Brown Rice Flour Mix



  • 2 C Brown rice flour
  • 2/3 C Potato Starch (not flour)
  • 1/3 C Tapioca Flour (also known as starch)


  1. Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container to use as needed.

Leave a comment and let me know why you could use a brownie today 🙂

Looking for a flourless brownie? Here’s a sweet potato brownie recipe to try!

If you’d like to satisfy your brownie craving in a less treat-like fashion, try these brownie batter protein bites.

Not in the mood for brownies at all (I don’t understand, but we can still be friends 😉 )? Have a muffin! A delicious and healthier vegan, gluten-free banana almond muffin.



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  1. Sam on April 21, 2011 at 9:38 am

    I just started to go ‘gluten-free’ this Monday, as I think I have an intolerance. I’m giving the gluten-free lifestyle a shot to see if I start to feel better, and these brownies would be an awesome start to a change in my eating habits!

    • Carolyn (Life in the postcard) on April 21, 2011 at 11:19 am

      Sam if you are considering getting testing for gluten intolerance or have an appointment set up – do NOT stop eating gluten until you have the test. Eliminating it from your diet can result in the test not recognizing you as Celiac or intolerant. I know it’s hard to continue to eat something you think is a trigger and deal with the side effects but it’s better to try to get the test moved up than risk a false negative.
      Hope I didn’t overstep but just looking out based on my experience (diagnosised 11 years old with Celiac).

  2. Bekki on April 21, 2011 at 9:39 am

    I have been taking progesterone pills due to hormonal/infertility issues Guess what I am MOODY and craving the Chocolate!!! Bring it on it would make all better and when trying to find Gluten Free in NE Ohio its not easy!! 🙂

  3. Danielle on April 21, 2011 at 9:40 am

    I could use a brownie because school is so stressful and it would be nice to sit down and consume some brownies!!! Nothing better than food therapy 🙂

  4. Errign on April 21, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I could use a brownie to power through my Thursday classes!

  5. Ashley on April 21, 2011 at 9:43 am

    There’s never a reason not to eat a brownie! And my husband ate the last of the ones I made 🙁

  6. Sue on April 21, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I gave up sweets for Lent so I could use a brownie three days from today to satisfy the intenst chocolate cravings I’ve been getting!

  7. Kristan on April 21, 2011 at 9:49 am

    I could use a healthy yummy brownie because it is that time of the month!

  8. Amisha on April 21, 2011 at 9:51 am

    I NEED that brownie. It has chocolate in it, therefore it must be delicious.

  9. Lindsey on April 21, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Do I really need a reason for wanting brownies? Chocolate gooey goodness is ALWAYS a good idea 😉

  10. Hilary on April 21, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I’m posting a day late, because my day was kind of horrible yesterday. I could have used a brownie (and still could) because I overslept and was late to work for the first time ever 🙁 Then I broke a shelf. I went to a spin class and felt much better in the evening, but a brownie sure does the trick too!

  11. Julia on April 21, 2011 at 9:57 am

    I could use a (healthier) brownie because I’m plowing through my final master’s project (EVER omg so excited)as my one year old toddles around me and finds liquids to pour on my area rugs lol.

  12. Melissa on April 21, 2011 at 9:59 am

    I need a brownie because tomorrow is my birthday and I am in the mood to celebrate!

  13. Mo on April 21, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Brownie needed – an employee I thought was happy, quit on me unexpectedly. And another employee that started two weeks ago, isn’t working out! I have to pick up the slack and the stress is not only making for some sleepless nights, but food intake has been anything but spectacular – I seem to think brownies might help! Thanks Gina.

  14. Courtney on April 21, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Hi Gina! Those brownies would be fabulous because I’m training for my first half-marathon, and who doesn’t need a little chocolate in her life to look forward to after a long run? The longest that I’ve ever run at once is 6.5 miles and I have a 7 miler planned for this weekend…those brownies would get me home! 🙂 Thanks!

  15. jenna on April 21, 2011 at 10:02 am

    these look amazing!!

  16. Erin @ The Grass Skirt on April 21, 2011 at 10:03 am

    I could use a brownie today because I am extremely hormonal!!!

  17. Jessica on April 21, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Long work days and lack of weekends because of work would be a lot more tolerable if brownies were involved 🙂

  18. Megan Mc on April 21, 2011 at 10:12 am

    I could always use a brownie!!! Yummm!

  19. SaraK on April 21, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I could use a brownie cause I need a brownie.

  20. Chelsea M on April 21, 2011 at 10:23 am

    I need a brownie because I have to work all Easter weekend 🙁

  21. katie on April 21, 2011 at 10:28 am

    i need sugar – chocolate brownie sounds amazing!

  22. Lauren on April 21, 2011 at 10:32 am

    I could definitely use a brownie – yesterday was the 12th anniversary of my father’s passing. He and I were big brownie fans and often ate them together.

  23. Jennie on April 21, 2011 at 10:34 am

    I need a brownie because it’s only Thursday!

  24. michele on April 21, 2011 at 10:37 am

    I need that brownie because my kids are on spring break! Enough said

  25. Tara on April 21, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I could use a brownie today because this is the first week I have been allowed to jog since my knee reconstruction surgery in December. Talk about a milestone – and a sore one at that. It was exciting, tiring and I’m definitely sore. I’ve got a long road of recovery still to go, and a brownie would really help 🙂

  26. Leila on April 21, 2011 at 10:44 am

    I deserve a brownie because I’m a woman and I love chocolate. That’s a GREAT reason to need these brownies!!!! (also, I’m vegan so if I get these brownies I need you to make an extra batch which then leaves a whole batch of regulars just for YOU! I’m so thoughtful…) 😉

  27. Jenny on April 21, 2011 at 10:45 am

    I could use a brownie because I live in Minnesota and I woke up to snow everywhere, mid April 🙁

  28. Jill on April 21, 2011 at 10:46 am

    I could use a brownie because it’s chocolate! I could also use something sweet after a long day of working in insurance 🙂

  29. Lauryn on April 21, 2011 at 10:46 am

    I need a brownie because my hubby is leaving to go out of town!!! 🙁

  30. Megan on April 21, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I could use a brownie because I’m in the midst of moving. I sure wish I had everything packed into a POD right about now. Instead, my bedroom is in a state of chaos and I can’t find a single thing!

  31. claire! on April 21, 2011 at 10:55 am

    i need that brownie because…its thursday 🙂

  32. Lora on April 21, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I need a brownie…becaue I am having a really rough week 🙁 And chocolate makes everything better!

  33. Sam on April 21, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Yum! These look amazing!

    I could use a brownie because I need something to munch on while I do 5 loads of laundry tonight! (SO overdue…yikes)

  34. P!nky on April 21, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I need a brownie cause my boyfriend ate all my ice cream :(!!!!!

    Can I just say I love your thoughts and how well written your comments on all fitness dvds, programs, and workouts. You do a great job in explaining the pros/cons with your opinion. Great stuff!!!

    • Fitnessista on April 21, 2011 at 11:11 am

      thank you ! <3

  35. Alison (Fueling for Fitness) on April 21, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Mmmmm I’m still hurting from running 9 hill repeats yesterday in the cold weather… I would love a brownie and a cup of hot tea to warm me up. 😀

  36. michele on April 21, 2011 at 11:01 am

    I need a brownie because…my house is up for auction TODAY! *sigh*

  37. Megan on April 21, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I need a brownie because I have a neuroscience exam this afternoon which I have NOT studied enough for…yikes!

  38. Christin@purplebirdblog on April 21, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Browwwwwwwwwwniiiiiiiiiiiiiieeeeeeeeeeeesssssssss! I need a brownie because DUH. 🙂

  39. Brittney on April 21, 2011 at 11:09 am

    I could definitely use a brownie. Or ten. My stress levels are through the room and I just survived a couple days with my in-laws. BROWNIE!!

  40. Anne on April 21, 2011 at 11:14 am

    I could really use a brownie because I’ve had a couple weeks that have been crazy stress! Between working (non-profit youth work)60+ hour weeks to make sure stuff gets done, to dealing with family drama (both my & my husbands sides), and barely seeing my husband I could use a treat. It might also hold me over as I have to be out of the office for work trips for an entire week next week! (As it is the start of our busiest season!)

    And as we all know chocolate is the cure for all things 🙂

  41. Jackie on April 21, 2011 at 11:15 am

    I can use a brownie, just because! When can a girl not use a yummy gooey brownie? They look delicious!!

  42. Jill on April 21, 2011 at 11:16 am

    I NEED a brownie, because it’s late and my husband fell asleep as we were watching a movie so now I am just fiddling around on the computer and visiting my fave websites 🙂 A brownie could keep me company!

  43. Ashley on April 21, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Because gluten free vegan brownies are where it’s at.
    Plus it’s still cold in Toronto and a brownie would brighten my day!

  44. Lisa Chin, HHC on April 21, 2011 at 11:18 am

    I could use a brownie because I thought I lost my entire website last night. Luckily the prior server still had a copy of it and I have to transfer it tonight…

  45. Jennifer on April 21, 2011 at 11:18 am

    4 weeks until my daughter’s wedding in Sedona and we are a little stressed 😉 A brownie would surely do the trick!

  46. AJ on April 21, 2011 at 11:18 am

    I could use a brownie today because winter is lasting FOREVER in Minnesota. I just want to jog outside in shorts! Is that too much to ask?

  47. Carolyn (Life in the postcard) on April 21, 2011 at 11:20 am

    I could use a brownie today because this week is eating me alive!

  48. kristina@beancakes on April 21, 2011 at 11:22 am

    i could use a brownie today because the sky is blue?

  49. rori on April 21, 2011 at 11:24 am

    i could use a brownie cuz i’m planning a wedding….stress!

  50. Stephanie @ lungesandlunch on April 21, 2011 at 11:26 am

    I’m a GF vegan gal!

    I could use a brownie because I just quit my job (for health reasons) and don’t have a new one yet – eep!!!

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